Diabetes and the Dangers of Smoking
Managing your diabetes can be difficult enough with watching your diet, taking your medication, and trying to get the exercise that your body needs in order to stay healthy. When you add other dangers, such as smoking, to the mix, it is not only harder to maintain the diabetes, but it puts you at a higher risk for conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. It also causes damage to your lungs as well as increased bad cholesterol, and all of this occurs due to the lowered amount of oxygen that is getting to the organs in your body.
For someone that is a smoker, they know that it is bad for their body, but it can be difficult to actually quit the habit. One of the first things that you can do is to make a list of the reasons that you need to quit smoking. Of course, first on the list is going to be that it is better for your lungs, heart, and not to mention the nerves and organs in your body. It is important to keep in mind that your eyes are also going to benefit from you quitting as well. Added benefits are that you will no longer smell like smoke, your breath will smell better, and your family will not be subject to your smoking in the house.
Your next step to make a plan with the steps for stopping. Give yourself enough time to get used to the idea of not smoking by setting a date that you will no longer pick up a cigarette. Setting a goal for yourself can make it a little easier. Try to pick a date during the month that things are the calmest for you in order to avoid stress so you do not want to turn to smoking. Place your list of reasons somewhere that you are going to see them each and every day. This will help to give you the motivation that you need. Once your goal date arrives, remove everything from your home that pertains to smoking. As they say, out of sight out of mind. A good support system can always help, so if you have friends that smoke, see if you can get them on the band wagon.
Lastly, you need to find the plan for quitting that is just right for you. If you are strong willed, you may find that cold turkey is the best method. For someone that has had trouble in the past, a more gradual process may be best by cutting the amount that you smoke each week until you are done. Of course if you really find it difficult, you can speak with your doctor about using a patch or gum to help you with quitting. There are several methods you can try. No matter which plan you decide to go with, you are going to feel better in the end and your diabetes will be easier to manage with less complications.
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